Inside the Daily Planet, 12/22/07

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Tailoring her business by Delma J. Francis, Minnesota Women’s Press At an age when a lot of little girls were making clothes for their Barbie dolls, Vivienne Williamson was designing and sewing the real thing. She made her first wedding dress-for a family friend-when she was 11.

Asian Women United will continue to serve by Tom LaVenture, Asian American Press The need for an organization that provides Asian and Pacific Islander women and children safety and protection from family violence, means that despite the troubled history of Asian Women United of Minnesota AWUM), the nonprofit will continue to operate rather than shut down as many had thought after more than two years of management and legal problems.

Minneapolis hopes solar panels will power future city vehicle fleet by Dan Haugen, Minnesota Monitor A solar-power project that aims to be the largest of its kind in the upper Midwest might someday provide fuel for a fleet of plug-in hybrid vehicles in Minneapolis.

NEW IN VOICES McGuire deserves some empathy by Matthew Little, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder Lately the press has been excoriating former UnitedHealth Group Chairman and CEO William McGuire — and rightfully so — for his fleecing the company and public of multi-millions of dollars by way of a practice called backdating of stock options. It has become a national scandal of significant magnitude because the Minnetonka-based company, under his watch, has become the largest healthcare-based organization in the country.

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